They may not be considered offices for many professionals, but for players in the National Football League, stadiums are their workplace. This year’s Super Bowl finished with the Seattle Seahawks dominating the Denver Broncos. While the Seahawks deserve congratulations, we would also like to applaud the National Football League for hosting the game at one of the most eco-friendly stadiums in the United States.
It may come as a surprise to even consider an 82,500 capacity arena a green office solution, but it’s true. Design firm Skanska explained that eateries at East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium is the first “Certified Green Restaurant” in a stadium setting, and 70 percent of its electricity is powered by solar — producing 350,000 kilowatt-hours.
Since MetLife Stadium shares ownership between the New York Giants and the New York Jets, the cost of maintaining such a facility is cut in half. Also because 80 percent of the seats is made of recycled cast iron and 20 percent from re-purposed plastic, it is fair to say that these two franchises did their homework to reduce greenhouse gases and increase green recycling capabilities.
“[Over] 2,314 tons of material [is] diverted from landfills,” Skanska illustrated on its infographic of MetLife Stadium’s amenities. “Eighty-two percent of total [is] recycled.”
These findings are a strong example of the idea that more organizations are doing their part to make the most of materials and alternative energy sources to keep costs low. While it is unclear if other sports franchises will follow suit when they decide to renovate or rebuild their facilities, these lessons can apply to any organization.
Startups can do their own part to curtail waste in the workplace without spending thousands of dollars on upgrades. The goal of limiting waste can be achieved through the use of remanufactured business furniture, Instead of purchasing brand new goods, your office can have a fresh look without paying the large price tag.